Nathaniel Monroe (“Money”) was born on August 12, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland. A product of the Baltimore City school system, he graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 1960. A competitive athlete, Monroe was a member of both the tennis and swimming teams in high school. He then attended Morgan State College where he was a member of the basketball team.
Monroe graduated from Morgan State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 1965. Since then, Monroe’s life has revolved around athletics, with a particular focus on young people. He was a physical education teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School from 1968 to 2008, when he retired after almost 40 years of service.
Monroe’s athletic activities have gone behind the walls of educational institutions. He became a member of Board #290 of the Maryland State Board for Officiating for High School Basketball and was a referee for many years. He also worked with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks as a part-time recreation leader, a coordinator in the Aquatics Division, and a commissioner for Upton Pop-Warner Little League Tackle Football.
Monroe is a standing member of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and enjoys weightlifting and officiating sports. He has one daughter, Nathera C. Monroe.
Monroe participated in the founding of Groove Phi Groove because of the sincere brotherhood and closeness, the common interests, and the fellowship shared among the young men involved. His fondest Groove memory is getting together with eleven of the founders for the organization’s annual boat ride. Monroe’s hope for Groove’s future is that the organization continues to develop in the community. He is also hopeful that both the graduate and undergraduate sectors will assist other organizations that help individuals in the inner cities.